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An ocean is a body of saline water that composes a large part of a planet's hydrosphere.

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salt marsh

Water bodies; Oceans

A marsh periodically flooded by salt water.


Water bodies; Oceans

An almost vertical slope along the beach caused by erosion by wave action. It may vary in height from a few inches to several feet, depending on wave action and the nature and composition of the ...


Water bodies; Oceans

A vertical, wall-like coastal-engineering structure built parallel to the beach or duneline and usually located at the back of the beach or the seaward edge of the dune.


Water bodies; Oceans

The placement of sediment on a beach or dunes by mechanical means.


Water bodies; Oceans

The uprush and overtopping of a coastal dune by storm waters. Sediment is usually carried with the overwashing water and deposited, usually in a fan shape, on the landward side of the dune or ...


Water bodies; Oceans

A layer, facing, or protective mound of stones randomly placed to prevent erosion, scour or sloughing of a structure or embankment. Also the stone so used.

littoral zone

Water bodies; Oceans

In beach terminology, an indefinite zone extending seaward from the shoreline to just beyond the breaker zone.

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